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Education Issues in 2018

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Events — Downunder @ 2:48 pm Thu 15th February 2018

Current issues you are encountering with education of our sons.


  1. I agree that this is an important place to lable a politicians true gender agenda to our wall. We need more of this identification, know our enemy so to speak, before we can counter them – our day will come as long as we are not indoctrinated and our kids are not indoctrinated which is much more difficult outside homeschooling.

    The government controls the schools for a reason, which is why they are shutting down the charter schools. A simple google search can provide the reason the left/progressives/feminists do not like charter schools. They undermine the percieved quality of the public indoctrination factories. If we want to break the cycle we must start to homeschool or unschool our kids so they can be natural humans and not controlled by the social constructs approved of by the govt of the day.

    For example, our eldest does not like kapa haka, yet when she asked to do anther activity she was told in no uncertain terms by the middle aged female deputy principle that is was compulsory and that she must do it, no opt out. That to me is the sign of a very “progressive” school, most schools still make it optional but those days are numbered. So a minimum of 6% of her schooling is focused on stone age dance routines that never actually existed. Who knows how much rubbish she is thrown in regards to climate change and gender etc.

    This stuff is about to have a larger influence on our children’s lives and they are given no other perspective than the pro-UN governments view. This is designed to turn them into nice little global citizens who question nothing and look at their parents as ignorant. The only out left that parents are provided with in terms of any directional control of their child’s development of homeschooling, which in the states under Obama’s second term reached major proportions.

    Labour is in the process of shutting charter schools as they are a threat to their message/narrative as well as the unions don’t look good. Once these are closed the only option for parents who don’t want their child to be a govt controlled drone is going to be homeschooling in larger numbers. This way we can bypass the process that turns our little girls into raging feminists leftists and our boys into wimps who won’t stand up for men’s rights.

    Comment by Spollyike — Thu 15th February 2018 @ 2:50 pm

  2. @1 You are right on many points.
    I am however concerned about the example you have given.

    Every Culture or language comes with its own mentality.
    And with its inherent benefits and hindrances.
    Cultural awareness (including participation) is needed if we must come together as a nation.
    This is IF we are to build a better world for our youth.

    I would welcome the opportunity to sensibilize my child about other cultures.

    The way our society is currently structured, education is no longer a pathway to successful employment and participation in the overall growth of our nation. (nor has it anything to do with happiness.)

    with the 20 hour a week subsided child care (don’t even know if still ongoing),children as early as a few months old are incarcerated in child care institutions so that mom and dad can go and earn the right to exist.

    This facilitates both parents being able to earn. But this comes with a catch and the catch being that the family unit is threatened at its foundation.

    Making end meets is the carrot. And this is a goal our youth saddled with kids at at early age can never reach. Parents become ship passing in the dark of night in their chase for better economic security. In the END, WE end up taking shifts instead of parenting together. And for a woman with kids, the best security is not in a male-female relationship BUT with WINZ or the social welfare departments as the other parent.

    Financial freedom becomes a myth for these people. And the only other way out is through politics, corruption and mass social deception. And we have seen many elected members mercilessly defraud the system, and this until caught.

    Our education system is no more than a glorified child care agency.
    AND it’s purpose is to dumben our kids, brainwash them into equality (deny children individual and gender based differences) and waste their best formative years being incorporated within a system that uses them as collateral to enslave the previous generation.

    I have spoken to many people that home school their children. I have seen those children over time leaving he home environment and attending secondary school. And I have been fascinated by the overwhelming high rate of achievement these kids manifest wherever they go.

    And more often than not, these kids are way ahead of the curriculum and have a much deeper understanding of the subjects. And not only so, the short amount of study required per day grants them an incredible amount of time participating in other normal range of activities of life which otherwise, they are precluded from participating in.

    The changes we need go beyond the cradle if we are to succeed.
    I know this sounds crazy but it must start with bringing the mid-wife back into the homes to welcome these children. And not go to the sterile environment of the hospital where they are traumatized for life and from birth (poked and probed mercilessly, inspected, named, labelled, numbered, weighted and bonded as merchandise on the stock exchange).
    Mother and child bond for at least the first seven years must be guaranteed.
    Children need a sense of belonging within family and a community.

    Currently the schools have replaced both the family and the community.

    And currently, Children are abandoned from birth and what ensues is a complete dissolution of their God given potential for greatness…

    Comment by WrongGender — Fri 16th February 2018 @ 5:23 pm

  3. Matamata College suspends students for encouraging and filming an assault.

    This is one the media can take straight to the opposition as it’s where not only Judith Collins went to school but also our first female governor-general not to mention a well known female Family Court lawyer.

    How can a school that gave these women such wonderful opportunities now be turning out violence and crime?

    Comment by Evan Myers — Mon 19th March 2018 @ 6:09 pm

  4. Daily Telegraph about gender fluidity based on a book by a transgender academic.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Thu 22nd March 2018 @ 8:09 am

  5. Man’s 40 year teaching career trashed after false sexual allegations that lead to a police prosecution and court case.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 5th April 2018 @ 4:37 pm

  6. There is a question as to what help this teacher may have received from the Teacher’s Union and whether he continues to receive any advocacy given the nature of the false allegations.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 1:09 pm

  7. The teacher who was cleared of indecently assaulting three schoolgirls has spoken of how he felt let down by the system as his life went into “total meltdown”.

    The teacher may never return to a classroom after his “year of hell”.

    “I don’t think I could ever trust the system of education, BOT governance, school hierarchical support or the devious nature of some children to go back into a classroom,” he said.

    He cannot be named under law, but told the Herald that while the trial played out he had no faith in the outcome until he heard the last not guilty verdict read out in court.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 2:58 pm

  8. To improve the outcome for our sons:
    Shared care as of right.
    Sport, make it a rule for schools.
    Internet games – label them as addictive and educate our sons accordingly, the same as drugs etc.
    Sex education; never ever get a girl pregnant in this country.

    Comment by Brad — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 4:58 pm

  9. $100,000
    That’s probably what Tania Bolton got to walk away from her police posting.

    A Northland high school teacher who spent nearly $100,000 clearing his name against indecent assault charges says police bungled the investigation.

    The man, who cannot be named due to court suppressions, said he was not angry at the four girls, whose accusations nearly ended his 25-year teaching career.

    “I’ve lived my life long enough to know some people do have malice in them, but my feeling of this is more it was a total botch up of a kid who had some mental health needs.”

    The teacher was acquitted following a criminal trial and has now lodged a formal complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

    Comment by Evan Myers — Mon 9th April 2018 @ 7:50 am

  10. So, lawyers were happy to take $100,000 until a jury stepped up and now the Criminal Bar Association is having a go at the police. Interesting.

    Criminal Bar Association president Len Andersen said defence lawyers did not have the resources of the Crown and there was a real risk of a miscarriage of justice where, for example, potential eye witnesses were not interviewed as part of the initial investigation.

    “Defence lawyers have expressed concern that the normal rule of investigation of offences does not seem to apply where allegations are of a sexual nature and, on the contrary, the complainant’s accounts are not challenged and there seems to be a widespread assumption that such complainants are always telling the truth with little or no further investigation required,” Andersen said.

    “While it is appropriate that victims are properly supported, there can be no excuse for failing to carryout a proper investigation to determine whether there is substance to any allegation that may result in a prosecution. Sexual abuse allegations are easily made and the effects of an allegation are catastrophic on the person who is accused whatever the final verdict.”

    Andersen said it was clear the system did not work for the teacher charged who had to wait 12 months with charges hanging over his neck.

    “The falsely charged teacher’s year from hell is a normal experience that any person would face who was charged with a sexual offence. If he or she is successful in obtaining bail then the bail terms are likely to significantly affect his or her life and may even prevent employment,” he said.

    “Where there is a child making the allegation, child witness interviewers facilitate the giving of statements on video and it is not their role to challenge the child or his or her recollection.

    “This emphasises the importance of the Police carrying out a proper investigation including a proper examination by the Police of the motives and accounts of complainants instead of uncritically accepting their word that a sexual assault has occurred where the assault is denied by the defendant.”

    After a six-day trial in the Auckland District Court the jury took less than an hour to return not guilty verdicts on all seven charges of indecent assault last month.

    The teacher, who was cleared of indecently assaulting three schoolgirls, told the Herald he felt let down by the system as his life went into “total meltdown”.

    The teacher may never return to a classroom after his “year of hell”.

    “I don’t think I could ever trust the system of education, BOT governance, school hierarchical support or the devious nature of some children to go back into a classroom,” he said.

    He cannot be named under law, but told the Herald that while the trial played out he had no faith in the outcome until he heard the last not guilty verdict read out in court.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Mon 9th April 2018 @ 12:06 pm

  11. NZ Universities drop in International Rankings

    Universities New Zealand, which represents the eight institutions, said the result was a warning sign for the government.

    Only Waikato and Lincoln universities improved their standings in the QS World University Rankings.

    Waikato rose 18 places to 274 and Lincoln University climbed two spots to 317.

    The University of Auckland slipped three places to 85th, Otago fell 24 places to 175, Victoria dropped to 221, Canterbury to 230, Massey to 330 and AUT to 464.

    The QS rankings said all eight New Zealand universities scored worse than last year on the number of students per academic staff member, seven had worse scores for their reputation with academics around the world and six had worse scores for their reputation with employers.

    However, seven of the universities had better scores for their enrolment of international students, and six had better scores for the number of times their researchers’ work was cited by other academics.

    University of Waikato campus. Waikato and Lincoln were the only universities to improve their standings. Photo: Screengrab / University of Waikato

    University of Waikato vice-chancellor Neil Quigley said research citations were a major factor in the university’s improvement, and it was placed 92nd for that measurement alone.

    He said the higher overall ranking followed improvement in another ranking system, the Times Higher Education league table earlier this year, and could result in increased enrolments by foreign and domestic students.

    “We traditionally have found international students are interested in these rankings, but increasingly we’re finding domestic students are quite attuned to the rankings and what they’re telling them about each of the New Zealand universities as well, Professor Quigley said.

    “Our global rankings have been going up for the last few years and this year our enrolments at the University of Waikato are up about 3.5 percent overall. So we think the two are related and hopefully as people understand some more about this latest ranking, that will help us with enrolments for next year as well.”

    Rankings ‘important to New Zealand’

    Universities New Zealand director Chris Whelan said the rankings were an important bellwether for the government to pay attention to.

    He said none of the New Zealand universities had worse overall scores in the QS system, but their rankings had changed because other universities were doing better.

    “Because other countries are investing more in their university systems, some of their individual universities are going up faster than ours are,” he said.

    Mr Whelan said that was important because international students used the various league tables to inform their choice of university, as did foreign academics considering where to work.

    “It’s pretty important to New Zealand. International education is one of our biggest export markets, it’s generating about $4 billion a year. Our ability to be able to generate that depends very much on our international rankings,” he said.

    Mr Whelan said New Zealand universities’ per-student funding was 97 percent of the OECD average and about 27 percent lower than in Australia.


    6 Sep 2017

    Auckland University has slumped in international rankings, and is now barely clinging on among the world’s top 200.


    Comment by Downunder — Thu 7th June 2018 @ 8:37 am

  12. When I was at university consensus in views was essential. It’s a much better way to reach decisions and to explore ideas because less people will be triggered and offended. I saw it action not long ago when I my client was in a dispute and the lawyer explained that the answer always lies in the middle. This is less offensive. A good example is when Fox news were being sued for outright lies. Their defense was that they are not a news service; they are an entertainment service. And they won. More people are happy this way. We should morph and blend with the majority parts of the world. Universities in Somalia can teach us a lot and we need to get right back to the roots of education. Universities only used to teach theology. Today they have expanded the curriculum but all the symbology of universities as well as the theological curriculum (Judaism / Marxism) is still in place

    Comment by freaked out — Thu 7th June 2018 @ 9:04 am

  13. As an adult, I took a university paper.

    Included in this were tutorials run by a senior law student who marked some papers.

    At the same time I was researching Roman History.

    In one assignment I based my answers on facts from Roman History.

    He concluded that this was interesting but couldn’t agree with it.

    At this point I lost faith in the University’s relative thought process.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 7th June 2018 @ 7:27 pm

  14. Ok Downunder. Didn’t know that about you. The Roman history stuff. Definately a great example of how mankind can go from doing fantastic things. Developing and trying out structured governments, industry, commerce, family structures, trade, war, and collection and teaching of knowledge. Probably a long list of things you could add as well. Amazing time in human history.

    And it slowly crumbled as a result of an endless array of failures.

    Interesting time in history for our lifetimes too.
    What part of the slide are we on?
    The climb up the ladder to some epoch of greatness?
    Or somewhere on the slippery slope?

    Comment by DJ Ward — Thu 7th June 2018 @ 7:58 pm

  15. Downunder,you should post a pic of you.
    I just cannot reconcile the image of you I have in my head with your many postings about everything and anything. And now I have a superimposed image of half Julius Caesar and the other half of a Socrates with a dissonnant personality made up of a Descartes, Freud and Jung, including confucius, Karl Max and Helen Clark riding a Donkey called John Key. Kinda Like a modern day Don Quijotte riding a ferrari instead of attacking windmills attacks Court houses and calls them giants.

    Comment by JustCurious — Fri 8th June 2018 @ 10:39 am

  16. @14 Many of their disasters as I see it were survivable with the right person in the right place but there are two that made the catastrophe unescapable;

    A. The agricultural failure in the lands around the city, which you can see in our own industry development in New Zealand.

    B. Their ‘version of Feminism’ which existed in the city and invaded the political and economic structure with endless demands.

    Yet during their encroaching failure and what you might call the development of social justice a law was passed requiring married slaves to be on sold as a couple and not separated.

    I know some people have a doomsday map based on parallels of the Roman failure at an increased rate but that seems to overlook the differences, which are possibly the cause of the increased rate of failure, whereas they are ignored as they threaten the desired result by being different.

    Comment by Downunder — Sat 9th June 2018 @ 8:05 am

  17. There are a few familiar names in philosophy mentioned there.

    Since the late 1700s there has been a rising Feminism in modern philosophy that is largely ignored but it won’t be unread and it will be acted upon by its followers.

    The risk there is we will see this in action or see the consequences and try to relate this to someone more obvious – perhaps Marx – rather than the legitimate sources.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Sat 9th June 2018 @ 1:43 pm



    Comment by Evan Myers — Sat 23rd February 2019 @ 2:43 pm

  19. At 13 Downunder

    Congratulations on studying the Roman history as it is fascinating example of how the Western societies rise and fall . The symptoms of Roman society fall are evident in our Western personal and social lifestyle . People who disagree with it , like your senior student marker , are people with reduced , intellectual , ethical and moral substance. Most of us is afraid to hear the truth , the harsh , unblemished truth . Lies ; self illusions are more marketable and more appeasing

    Comment by GEORGE SIMONOVSKI — Mon 25th February 2019 @ 12:18 pm

  20. Education.
    I pay attention to my kids emotions.
    They like there teachers.
    That is good.
    I pay attention to the teachers.
    Most try there best.
    Just like parents.

    Yesterday I was confronted by my niece, of ten.
    Who judged my daughter.
    She had slid on a slide.
    But my niece fell off her horse.
    A white horse called Levi.
    As the horse was frightened by a new thing.
    My daughter was very upset.
    So I judged my niece for not using her saddle.
    As surely she wouldn’t have fallen.
    I was now at war.
    She was putting all the knifes in.
    There was a pause as I fought my corner.
    I went to my escape, my shed.
    She followed and stood in the doorway.
    She just slowly and surely changed her posture.
    Into superwoman.
    She was not going to win the argument.
    But she was easily the most powerful thing I have ever seen.
    I will never forget it, it’s like she glowed for a moment.
    Obviously it was ultimately at fault.
    I was the parent.
    I knew the slide was being made.
    I helped.
    I saw she was riding the horse.
    Without a saddle.
    I knew horses spook with new things.
    So it was my fault.
    The parent.

    I’m with Mrs Brown on failing to teach children.
    The parents are parents.
    Good or bad.
    There is only rare legitimate reasons for illiteracy, etc.
    In the time education has them.

    So it is educations fault.
    The parent.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Sat 19th December 2020 @ 6:13 pm

  21. I came across an education issue today.
    My son encountered a redirection.
    The video he was watching, opening a internet page.
    Yes, I got told off for bad parenting.
    For letting him use it.
    The page was a Black Lives Matter site.
    So nothing offensive.

    Anyway it was videos for Minecraft.
    Which I think is a great game.
    Especially in spatial thinking.
    Planing ahead.
    Being imaginative.
    So actually good for kids.

    Should social, and even political things, be in children’s games.
    Or is the line blurry, as adults use the game.
    My sons reading isn’t good enough the understand anything complex.
    But what of older children.
    Would they press the wrong button.
    Or just the child guessing what to press.
    And where does it take them.

    Rules for such things would be very difficult.
    How would we judge, the unworthy.
    What then of the teacher.
    What then shall they teach the children.
    Some have seen far worse things, than a talk on politics.

    It must be the fault of the device.
    Without it, there minds would be closed to the world.
    No government can stop technology now, however.
    Yet as I mentioned, they can be good for brain development.
    Hence my being told off.
    My seeing, my children’s desire to learn.
    Being a bit carefree with there time on it.
    Where others see risk, and harm.

    Should children wait for an internet, that is safe for them.
    Even if it’s there own internet, for there own age.
    Is it not adults the blur the lines to what’s seen.
    That the device is safe for them, as well.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Thu 14th October 2021 @ 10:17 pm

  22. Obviously as a parent of school age kids.
    This is an important subject.
    Recent elections in the US, exposes the parent vote.

    “Goldsmith was not worried about schools having an incentive to not take on children that might up their truancy rate, saying instead they would have an incentive to make sure kids came to school.”

    Actually the school is a mechanism, of exposing disfunction.
    It’s not the schools fault, that a student is truant.
    It exposes that something in the child’s life, is going wrong.
    What then is the role of the school, in identifying what that is.
    Are the parents the problem.
    Is the student, showing early signs, of a disorder.
    Is other students, doing things to them.
    Have they failed to grasp concepts, now not functioning in class.
    Like literacy.

    The issue should be student focused.
    Actions specific, to the child’s problems.
    Blaming schools, is not a solution.
    It is politicians, who define how truancy is examined.

    “And the party wants more compulsory assessment of reading, writing, and maths – and at least two hours of literacy and mathematics teaching a day through years 1-10.”

    Actually one of the worst thing we do to teachers.
    Is make assessment, part of there time working.
    Hence solutions, like an end of the year test.

    We however now have the ability, to nearly eliminate assessment.
    From the workload of teachers.
    While having continuous assessment.

    Part of each subject, being an application, on a device.
    The computer, analysing competency.
    Sending notifications, when failure, is identified.

    The computer, printing the report, to the parent.
    The teacher, now teaching.
    Aware of students, with extra needs.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Wed 10th November 2021 @ 12:53 pm

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